[csaa-forum] PhD position - Charles University in Prague - Environmental Constructions
nico.carpentier at vub.ac.be
Thu Feb 6 16:42:54 ACST 2020
Reminder: Deadline for applications is the 10th of February 2020.
((with apologies for cross-posting))
Ph.D. Researcher - MISTRA Environmental Communication Research Programme
at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism
Charles University in Prague
Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University is looking to
hire a PhD Researcher, supervised by Nico Carpentier, as part of the
MISTRA Environmental Communication Research Programme for the Institute
of Communication Studies and Journalism.
The MISTRA Environmental Communication (MEC) Research Programme is a
four-year research project, based in Sweden and implemented by an
international consortium, which includes the Institute of Communication
Studies and Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles
University. A brief overview can be found here
This specific position consists out of PhD research that implements the
fifth work package of MEC, which is entitled “Environmental
communication in (social) media and the arts: Opening spaces for
transformative discursive encounters”. The main research objective of
work package five is to study the discursive struggle between the
different environmental and sustainability discourses that circulate in
Swedish arts and media, and to develop discursive strategies to open up
existing discursive patterns and constellations for a constructive
engagement with new or marginalised perspectives.
Each candidate must:
The excellent command of both English AND Swedish (written and spoken)
is a key requirement for this position.
The work location is Prague, in the Czech Republic.
We are seeking candidates with a genuine interest in, and knowledge of
environmental communication, social constructionist theory,
participatory research and discursive-material analysis. Candidates
should have a good general overview of social theory in the social
sciences and humanities, and master the main methodologies used in these
disciplines. A collaborative and inquisitive mindset are equally important.
Moreover, candidates need to possess a Master’s degree. Candidates with
any suited disciplinary and interdisciplinary background are welcome to
apply. Candidates with high grades for their prior degrees will be given
The holder of the position shall primarily devote her/himself to this
project and the implementation of the tasks outlined below, in
combination with the requirements of the PhD programme (as outlined in
the documents mentioned below).
The main task of the PhD researcher is to focus on one of the three
areas of study of work package 5, namely mass media, with attention for
two genres, namely documentaries and television programmes that focus on
environmental problems and that have been recently produced in Sweden.
The research question of the PhD researcher’s project concerns 1/the
identification of the discursive struggles within a selection of mass
media case studies, and 2/the development of strategies to open up the
discursive positions for more constructive engagements.
The PhD researcher’s project will start with a mapping of all recent
relevant output, in the three areas (mass media, social media and arts),
and will then focus on the mass media area, selecting and analysing six
cases studies, using discourse-material analysis to analyse the selected
media material and the media producer interviews. In the last stage, the
development of discursive strategies will be structured in two ways,
through the development of training packages, and through the
organisation of an exhibition. Moreover, the research project will be
strengthened through participatory research methods, to be applied
throughout the entire research project, wherever possible.
Active participation in the Institutes’ PhD activities, such as
seminars, workshops, etc., is expected. Other tasks within the
Institute, including administrative work, can also be part of the
employment. The PhD researcher is also expected to actively contribute
to the (written) academic publications of the MEC work package 5 team.
The position is a full-time position, with a total duration of 44
months, starting on/around 1 March 2020, but the position’s continuation
will be subject to a yearly evaluation.
The gross monthly salary will be 24.000 CZK, complemented by a PhD
stipend of 11.000 CZK.
The application includes:
(1) a letter in which the applicant describes her/his research interests
and the motivation to apply;
(2) a one-page research note, outlining how the candidate proposes to
ground the research in social constructionist theory;
(3) a second one-page research note, outlining how the candidate
proposes to implement the tasks described in this document, including a
(4) a CV, with the copies of the relevant diplomas and certificates that
prove the candidate’s eligibility for doctoral studies in Media and
(5) minimally two letters of recommendation and the contact information
to these reference persons;
(6) publications (co-) authored by the applicant (if any);
(7) other documents that the applicant wishes to add.
The application must be submitted via email to kariera at fsv.cuni.cz at
the Personnel Affairs Department of the Dean’s Office, the Faculty of
Social Sciences Charles University, Smetanovo nábřeží 6, 110 01 Praha 1,
Czech Republic. Deadline for applications is the 10th of February 2020.
The application must be identified as “PhD Researcher - MISTRA”.
We only accept applications that are submitted as described in this
announcement, and we reserve the right to close the vacancy without any
person being hired.
Charles University is striving to promote gender equality through gender
A list of suggested literature is available at
A general description of the doctoral program of the Institute of
Communication Studies and Journalism can be found at:
(currently in Czech only)
https://karolinka.fsv.cuni.cz/KFSV-1059.html (in Czech)
https://fsv.cuni.cz/en/admissions/phd-programmes (in English)
More information about the Institute of Communication Studies and
Journalism is available at https://iksz.fsv.cuni.cz/en.
For more information about the content of the position, Nico Carpentier
can be contacted, by e-mail at nico.carpentier at fsv.cuni.cz. See also
For more information about the financial dimensions of the position,
Alena Marcova can be contacted, by e-mail at alena.marcova at fsv.cuni.cz.
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